24 Hours in YorkBy Stephanie White -
We often look far and wide to travel, when, in fact, there are so many wonderful cities right on our doorstep. York is renowned for its ancient history, incredible architecture and wealth of attractions, making it the perfect place to spend a weekend this summer! The city is easily accessible via train or car which makes travelling to this fabulous city completely hassle free.
Upon arriving in York, head straight to Betty’s Tea Room to refuel after your journey. It is an iconic location for Afternoon Tea, so treat yourself to a delicious slice of cake or a macaron all washed down by a cup of their famous coffee! The café and facilities are all conveniently located at pavement level ensuring easy access.
Raring to go, it’s time to explore this wonderful city in all its medieval glory. The York Minster is an exquisite building and one of the largest of its kind. Its impressive exterior is only surpassed by the magnificent interior, accessible by a ramp leading from the courtyard outside. Additionally, the Minster offers guided tours and is fitted with a hearing loop. To make the most of your visit, the Minster encourages visitors with any special requirements to get in touch in advance. The York Art Gallery, is another must-do, located in close proximity of the Minister. Don’t forget to look up as you make your way there and marvel at the impressive architecture which lines the streets. The gallery hosts a range of exhibitions all year and is brilliantly equipped with extensive wheelchair access and helpful staff on hand to ensure your visit is totally stress free.
After working up an appetite, it’s time for dinner, and there are many spectacular eateries to cater for every palette. I wholeheartedly recommend The Rattle Owl, set in a restored listed building boasting great grub which is both seasonal and local –Yorkshire immersion through and through! The building is wheelchair accessible and the restaurant welcomes clientèle of all ages to sample its fabulous menu.
For the night owls amongst you, York is a great place to spend an evening. The city springs to life along the riverbank, offering a wonderful array of bars and a brilliant independent cinema. The City Screen Picturehouse has wheelchair access, an adapted Box Office and main foyer. To avoid missing out on the latest film, the cinema recommends booking a wheelchair space in advance in order to accommodate your entire party! Guide dogs are welcome, the stair rails are embossed with tactile aids, all screens are fitted with an Audio Description system and they often show subtitled films. It is the perfect place for an evening’s entertainment!
After a busy day being a culture vulture, it is time to rest your heads on the most comfortable pillows in town. There are plenty of cosy haunts to suit all wallets. The Royal York Hotel is situated conveniently near the station if you are travelling by rail, and it has 4 fully accessible bedrooms. Alternatively, The Park Inn by Radisson is perfectly located right in the centre of town - the perfect place with easy access to the high street.
A trip to York would not be complete without paying a visit to the National Railway Museum. With the recent addition of the Flying Scotsman in a new exhibition, it is a great place to while away the following morning. Wheelchairs are available free of charge to visitors, as are large print maps. Support dogs are welcome too. All aboard for a fantastic weekend in this charming city!
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